’86 Eighty-Six Season 3 Rumored to Be Lit by ‘Leak’ Shared Online
86 Eighty-Six is set to drop Episode 23 for free on Crunchyroll, but why are fans already convinced the hit show will return for Season 3?
The winter anime slate is nearly complete, and anime fans everywhere are gearing up for another week of epic season finales.
The first show to climax is actually the one that was originally scheduled to end in January, the fantastic 86 eighty six series.
With episode 23 set to hit Crunchyroll in just a few hours for free users, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about 86 Eight-Six season 3.
86 Eighty-Six season 2 vs. season 3
The first point of call is actually to identify where we are in the animated series. Indeed, the split between two shows has caused confusion online as to whether the next season will be Season 2 or Season 3 for the anime adaptation.
Technically, 86 Eighty-Six Episode 23 is the Season 1 finale, which was to divide in the first part (April – June 2021) and the second part (October 2021 – March 2022).
Canonically, this means that any future broadcast would begin with Season 2; however, it seems that the majority of the anime community has already made this distinction between the two shows.
Although they are digitally labeled on Crunchyrollthe streaming site simulcasting the anime, most of the fans are considering The second part (the yard of episodes that ran from October 2021 to March 2022) as the second anime season.
For this reason, we will refer to Episode 23 as the Season 2 finale in this article, to minimize online confusion for fans around the world, with the next airing therefore being considered Season 3.
86 Eighty-Six has a bright future ahead of it
While production on the third season of 86 Eighty-Six has yet to be confirmed by A-1 Pictures or Japanese distributors, the future remains extremely bright for the fan-favorite series.
Indeed, the anime has a lot of source material from the original light novel series to adapt and the series remains hugely popular around the world.
According to anime geekepisode 23 of 86 Eighty-Six adapted through the conclusion of volume 3 of the light novel series, including the first volume’s two epilogues.
The good news is that, as of March 2022, 11 light novel volumes were published in Japan – 9 of these volumes are also available in English. That means there’s enough source material available for A-1 Pictures to produce at least 69 more episodes, spread over six two-course seasons.
Next, we think 86 Eight-Six is popular enough with fans around the world to warrant a second season produced by A-1 Pictures. The series obtains a score of 8.2/10 on IMDB4.9/5 out Reviews on Crunchyrollwith a rating of 8.2/10 and 8.47 for parts a and of them on MyAnimeList which included over 260,000 reviews!
The anime was also appointed in four categories at the 2022 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, including Anime of the Year, Best Drama, Best Score, and Best Girl. Reviews from critics have also been outstanding, with the series appearing on both Anime News Network and IGN best anime of the year.
“86 Part 2 needs an overhaul ASAP because this season slaps much, much harder than the first season – and I thought the first season was pretty good. Just THIS season is about to put 86 on “Top 10 ___ Anime” lists for at least this year, if not years to come.– User PiereDelecto, via MyListAnime.
Leaker hints 86 Eighty-Six comeback is ready
Interestingly, rumors about the production of the third season are already raging on social media platforms around the world, with fans sharing all the news about the anime.
Leaked Anime ‘Sun Wukong’ reported on March 20 that a sequel had been greenlit for the recent airing of 86 Eighty-Six.
As noted anime geek“Being lit for production means that a producer has put the project in the pipeline and actual animation production work at a studio will be scheduled for a later date.”
However, as the supposed leak did not contain any official information, nor any specific details about the production decision; fans should take this with a strong pinch of salt.
In all likelihood, Season 86 Eighty-Six may have already been greenlit, according to the definition previously noted by Anime Geek. Still, the lack of official confirmation from A-1 Pictures indicates that an announcement will likely be postponed until a later date.
Predict a potential return date
Although Season 3 of 86 Eighty-Six has yet to be confirmed, we can predict when the hit anime series may return based on the production cycle of previous A-1 Pictures shows.
The anime adaptation was the first announcement in March 2020, with the series originally slated to air later that year before the ongoing pandemic forced a delay.
86 Eighty-six The first part would make its national debut in Japan in April 2021, with the second part dropping in October after the two-course broadcast was confirmed.
Unfortunately, these delays make it extremely difficult to predict when 86 Eighty-Six Season 3 might release, assuming the series is indeed renewed as planned. Things are made even more dodgy when you consider A-1 Pictures’ current schedule, with Kaguya-Sama season 3 and Lycoris Recoil being the following two major productions for the anime studio in 2022.
On a positive note, the recent two-month delay between episodes 21 and 22/23 may have given the team some much-needed time to at least plan the direction Season 3 might take.
All in all, fans could theoretically expect 86 Eighty-Six to return as early as October 2022 to the fall roster. However, given the lack of official news at this time and the current schedule for new anime at A-1 Pictures, a more realistic expectation would be for the winter 2023 slate (January – March).
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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